On Thursday October 3rd, 41 seminarians studying at the North American College were ordained deacons. The Diocese of Gaylord's own Matt Cowan was ordained.
What a really beautiful week! Over 50 pilgrims from the diocese made the trek across the pond to come join in the ordination in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. For most of them it was their first time in Rome. For me it was really awesome just reliving my love for this city through they eyes of so many friends coming to see it all for the first time. We also were joined by Fr. Don Geyman, director of vocations for the diocese, and Fr. Peter Wigton, parochial vicar at St. Mary's Cathedral. A neat moment was when Fr. Peter, Dcn. Matthew (freshly ordained) and I got to reconnect. It was the three of us who started seminary together all those years ago in Columbus, Ohio.
Friday, the day after the ordination, the Gaylord contingent celebrated Mass all together at a church in Rome special to Dcn. Matthew, San Luigi dei Francesi. There you can find Caravaggio's famous painting: "The Call of St. Matthew". Archbishop Hebda celebrated the Mass and Dcn. Cowan served as the deacon. He even preached his first homily! You can ask any one of the pilgrims and they'll tell you that he did a great job.
Dcn. Matthew, having been ordained a deacon, is scheduled to be the next priest ordained for the Diocese of Gaylord in June. So please pray for him and pray for all of us seminarians.
You can view more photos of Dcn. Cowan on the Diocese's website.